Warren police respond to shootings, standoff

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 7, 2020


WARREN — An investigation remained ongoing at press time after a shooting in the parking lot of the Best Western Warren Hotel on Convention Boulevard, near 14 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, at about 1:10 p.m. on Aug. 3.

“The victim was in the parking lot. A vehicle came by, fired, we don’t know how many shots at him. He went down,” Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said. “We’re told he was dragged to another vehicle by a friend. That vehicle transported him to (a hospital), where he’s in critical condition as we speak.”

Dwyer said teams of detectives were sent to acquire video evidence, conduct interviews and collect information as part of the investigation. No other details about the victim were immediately released, and police provided no description of the suspect or suspects.

The shooting came on the heels of a protracted standoff on Aug. 2 in the 3600 block of Los Angeles Avenue, near Nine Mile and Ryan roads. Dwyer said a barricaded woman fired at least five shots at officers during the standoff that began at 5:15 p.m. after officers responded to a call about a woman allegedly waiving a pistol around in front of her teenage son.

Dwyer said the Warren Police Department’s Special Response Team was activated and that officers, including negotiators, were at the scene and used the department’s robot to help facilitate the 32-year-old woman’s surrender. She was expected to be arraigned on charges including assault with intent to commit murder.

“Very fortunate,” Dwyer said of the way the incident concluded. “She was aiming. I’m not going to get into the details of it.”

The incidents are the latest in a sting of violence in Warren over the last two weeks. On July 22, a 10-year-old boy died after he was allegedly shot by a 15-year-old at the Warren Manor Apartments, near Nine Mile and Dequindre. Later, on July 22, four people were wounded after a birthday gathering erupted into a gunfight at a home on Lawson Avenue, near Nine Mile and Schoenherr.

“Gun violence is just on the increase. It’s not just in Warren, but all over this country,” Dwyer said.